Highlights of the week ahead
Les Miserables 9pm, BBC One
There’s not a note of singing to be heard as this thumping big dramatisation plunges into Victor Hugo’s novel with the kind of stirring period gusto dark Sunday nights were made for. To handle the adaptation, the BBC has called upon the old master of the form, Andrew Davies, who whittles Hugo’s 1500-page doorstopper of wretched times and redemption in 19th century France into six episodes. The series establishes its scale with a memorable opening depicting the bleak grey aftermath of the battle of Waterloo, but it’s the characters that matter, led by Dominic West’s performance as the convict Jean Valjean. Later tonight. in Andrew Davies: Rewriting The Classics (10.05pm, BBC Four), the 82-year-old Davies reflects on whittling Hugo down for the screen, and his earlier work adapting Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, among others.